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James Gehrt

James Gehrt

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Weight Of Air I capture the time and space around me through black and white images. These images can be rearranged and reconstructed to map the real or imagined memories of my life. I have been carrying a camera with me for 25 years. I shoot the things in life, where I am. The subjects are usually not beautiful on their own, but somehow strike me by the beauty found in their commonality. Not the extraordinary, but the ordinary. Simple, usually quiet subjects that may go unnoticed. Black and white because, I guess that is the way I see. To me, my images feel a bit sad, a bit strange, a bit interesting, and the subjects, somehow unique. I hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting.
  • Lumix gf1, contax g1, nikon d70 and d90, Olympus xa, Mamiya Universal, Various wooden view cameras
  • Fuji X100
  • Lumix GX1, 20mm 1.7

Glass and Plants, The MHC Greenhouse

Published November 1st, 2013

The Talcott Greenhouse on the Mount Holyoke Campus is one of my favorite places to visit. There is always something new to capture my attention.

From the MHC Website:

The Talcott Greenhouse houses the Botanic Garden's collection of non-hardy plants. Construction of the greenhouse section parallel to Lower Lake Road began in late 1896, immediately following the destruction of the original greenhouse by the fire of 1896. The wing to the west was built in 1898-1899, through the generous funding of James Talcott. After 100 years of almost continual use, the greenhouse received much-needed renovations in the 1990’s. Today the 6000 square foot Talcott Greenhouse displays a living collection of plants from around the world, while serving as a valuable teaching resource, and supporting Mount Holyoke College’s faculty and student plant research.

About three-fourths of the complex is devoted to the permanent collection, which includes orchids, cacti and succulents, ferns, begonias, bromeliad ...

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Eleven Seconds

Published November 1st, 2013

The elevator ride from the ground floor to the seventh took eleven seconds, or seven years depending on who was observing the motion. The doors opened arriving just in time for the present, and the dream was over.

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Order, Chaos, and all points in between.

Published October 31st, 2013

Entropic journeys of space, time, and light.

Highly organized or uniquely chaotic, sates that we all move through.

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I Don't Photograph People. Except...

Published May 9th, 2013

Normally you will not see a person intentionally added to one of my images. However, these two have found a way to creep into a few of them. Maybe it's because I usually have my camera on me and the moment is right. I think it is more than that. When I capture an image I usually have a response to the subject. I feel a connection with the subject and I see a part of myself in it. I guess these two have not gained the self conscious feeling that many of us have when being photographed. A camera in my hand has been natural for them since they were babies. They don't react any different to me with my camera, and I feel comfortable capturing them in the moment as well. If it was a stranger on the street or even other family members, I would tend to not see the shot.With Bevin and Ian it is different, and hard to put into words. Maybe these images can help explain.

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